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A Nice Idea Every Day are Berlin based directors Vivien Weyrauch and Fabian Röttger. They have established a glowing reputation at the heart of Berlin’s art and video scene, and have gone on to influence video makers around the world.
As directors they set out to move, invigorate and surprise the viewer.
Their music video work is energized by an immense passion for art and photography and they have showcased their ingenious style and techniques in videos for bands such as The Knife and Tandemoro, as well as at major festivals such as Latitude and The Big Chill.
They created the magnificent, haunting video for Blue Roses’s song, ‘Doubtful Comforts’, which attracted universal praise and are currently working on a video for Mint Julep.
You can visit their website here:
Colonel Blimp is thrilled to have Adam Buxton join to what will become our roster of ‘Allied Forces’ – an elite squadron of writers, actors, directors and genii erasing borders between creative disciplines.
Adam is a much-loved face and voice in the music video community. As host for the UK Music Video Awards and BUG at London’s BFI, Adam has incited laughter riots with his unique comedy perspective.
Adam of the Adam and Joe Show, of Adam and Joe podcasts, and Adam of a bevy of UK TV projects and films, including Hot Fuzz and Stardust has arrived on our doorstep at Colonel Blimp with an insatiable love for music videos.
As a director, comedian, scriptwriter and performer he offers music videos an opportunity to be brave, have fun and create work in collaboration with artists that is sure to ignite our imaginations.
He has already been proclaimed as one of "Fashion's New Generation" by Vogue, and one of the fifteen "Creatives Who Will Define The Future of British Arts" by the Independent. Alex Turvey is a name we at Colonel Blimp are proud of.
Based in London, Alex has marked out a flourishing reputation in the city’s fashion and design circles. His dark, smart and surreal style can be seen in his music videos, fashion films, commercials and art installations. Alex’s list of clients includes Burberry, Levis, Shakira, SEAT, Ford, Daisy Lowe, Dazed & Confused, Cooper, Ogilvy, DDB, Percival, Vice, Ash, Polydor, MTV, Cisco Systems, Topshop, Oxfam, Budweiser, Tate & Lyle, Sugar Puffs and Nike.
Recently named as one of London's key Creative Craftsmen by Levi’s, a Young Creative Entrepreneur by Dazed & Confused and as a Leading Young Director by Boards and Shots magazines he has also sat as a jury member for the prestigious D&AD Awards.
In addition to Colonel Blimp, Alex is signed to White Lodge and BlinkArt. For more information, you can visit his website here:
Andreas is a Swedish-born director with a taste for the surreal, and he is the brains behind some of the most memorable music videos you've ever seen, spanning from Peter Björn and John, Miike Snow and Röyksopp to José González, White Lies and MGMT.
His work has a distinctive, bizarre and darkly humorous style that haunts like the feeling of just having woken from a dream. His roots in music and fine art have given him a sharp intuition when it comes to interpreting music visually. He is known for creating fascinating worlds and filling them with loveable eccentrics, referencing folklore, science fiction and the far corners of his own peculiar imagination.
As well as creating extraordinary music videos and commercials, Andreas has staged productions in theatre, lent his visual skills to opera and created one-of-a-kind art installations. He has developed a close relationship with Swedish artists The Knife and Fever Ray, taking his role of creative director beyond music videos and into awe-inspiring live performances and collaborations. He teamed up with The Knife and Danish theatre company Hotel Pro Forma on 'Tomorrow, In A Year', an opera based on Charles Darwin and his seminal book 'On the Origin of the Species', and Fever Ray provided music for Andreas' spooky and brilliant interpretation of Ingmar Bergman's 'The Hour of the Wolf' at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre.
Andreas is represented by Blink for commercials and BlinkArt for art and design commissions.
Andrew Thomas Huang creates fantastical worlds that draw on his background as a fine artist to marry hyperreal, craft driven visuals with an unrestrained visceral energy. Andrew's aesthetic is an amalgamation of intricately constructed in-camera art direction and impeccably executed CG that results in a hybrid form uniquely his own. His breathtaking short Solipsist caused an online stir, earning a place in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase as well as carving Andrew a spot on Creativity’s Top 25 Directors to Watch list.
Andrew's latest commission continues his creative growth with a powerful promo for Bjork’s Mutual Core. Premiered at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) the film received its online release on MOCAtv. The piece is a staggering visual tour de force that channels raw natural power and eyemelting visuals to bring the alternately reflective and explosive song to life.
Andrew's work has also been showcased at the Hammer Museum, MOCA Taipei, ZKM Media Museum, ASVOFF at the Centre Pompidou, as well as various publications including Interview Magazine and Dazed & Confused.
Aoife is a prolific director possessing a photographic eye and a literary mind, known for her ability to capture beautiful and rhythmic portraits of life. With a background in literature and a longstanding passion for documentary, she applies an intimate realist aesthetic to detailed narratives and literary themes, lending her work a cinematic quality whilst maintaining a sense of spontaneity.
Her commercial work has attracted a number of awards including two Clios, a Cannes Lion and an award at The Art Director's Club in Paris. Her spot for French health organisation InPes' campaign raising awareness of sexually transmitted diseases showcased her skill in combining irreverent humour and stylised concepts with a meaningful message, and her witty 'Perfect Man' film cemented her reputation as a multitalented director with a recognisable voice across drama and comedy.
Aoife's music videos have been equally well recognised, with her powerfully evocative promo for Little Comets 'The Isles' receiving the Rushes Soho Shorts award for Best Music Video in 2011 as well as several nominations at the 2011 UK MVAs. Aoife's showreel includes music videos for Anna Calvi and Clock Opera, and a critically and publicly acclaimed promo for Simian Mobile Disco's 'Seraphim'. Recently, Aoife was commissioned by Vice to write and direct a film for fashion brand 55DSL; the result is 'Italy, Texas', a poetic story celebrating the unique spirit of a small town and its close-knit inhabitants. She followed this up with a sweeping love letter to the great American landscape for acclaimed electronic producer Jon Hopkins' 'Open Eye Signal', which garnered widespread attention for its combination of breathtaking imagery and captivating performance.
Bastian is a versatile director with a unique ability to craft highly evocative and inventive films with a strong performance dimension and consistently daring visuals. Before making the transition into solo directing, Bastian developed his career as one third of hugely successful directing trio Lynn Fox. Over the past decade, he has built up an impressive reel of work spanning music videos, commercials, fashion film and art for a richly varied list of clients.
Bastian's commercial work has included spots for Boots, Audi, Mercedes and Miller, as well as the launch film for Stella McCartney’s inaugural fragrance. He was awarded a coveted Cannes Titanium Lion for his playful and pulse-pounding "Crashes" spot for Axe and his striking slow motion film for the "Killer Moves" teen road safety campaign was widely praised for its innovative treatment of the campaign's solemn message.
Music videos are where Bastian's distinctive visual talent shines brightest. He pushes promos into unexpected and enthralling territory by combining futuristic effects with flowing organic forms, creating deeply atmospheric worlds. An extensive collaboration with Bjork has seen him creating several poetic and surreal promos, including the beautifully entangled "Unravel" and the fluid darkness of "Oceania", alongside tour visuals which include Bjork's 2004 Olympic performance which earned him a Silver D&AD award.
A talented photographer, Bastian has an eye for all things abstract and atmospheric, often experimenting with scale, movement and unexpected compositions to create mysterious and expressive images. More of his photography work can be seen on his website.
Becky & Joe, dubbed animation 'super-duo' by It's Nice That, are Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling. They are directors on a mission to make the world more fun, armed with an adventurous hand-made approach to animation and an absurdist sense of humour.
Individually, Becky and Joe have lent their talents to a diverse list of clients including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Channel 4, BBC and Selfridges, as well as directing sequences in the new feature-length Graham Chapman biopic 'A Liar's Autobiography'. Together, they aim to create work with an original new voice, bringing their colourful imaginations to life through experimental craft-focused techniques and tactile materials such as plasticine and felt.
The duo developed their idiosyncratic style as part of multidisciplinary wonder-collective THIS IS IT, where they helmed a series of hugely popular short films including the brilliantly surreal 'Bad Things That Could Happen', which showcased their skill for turning the mundane into something altogether more wonderful.
Becky & Joe's fresh and playful style enjoys a cult following worldwide, lead by their immensely popular short film 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared', which has screened at an impressive list of festivals worldwide including Sundance, Los Angeles Film Festival and SXSW, where it picked up the Midnight Shorts Best Film award in 2012. Offering a humorous and frankly disturbing view on the elusive secret of creativity, 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' takes the conventions of children's television into new and nightmarish territory, starting out innocently and descending into mind-bending chaos. Their video for Tame Impala's 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' saw the pair tackling the ambitious task of animating over 1000 hand-made plasticine collages, resulting in an extraordinary visual trip through a psychedelic microcosm.
Carl Burgess is a director and designer based in London, known for his dark, visually compelling video work.
Carl’s style is refreshingly infused with black humour, as he takes things from everyday life and flips them on their head: his work distorts images of cities and bodies, and he often plays with the false smiles and intense emotions of TV commercials and game shows.
A former art director at digital agency Hi-ReS!, Carl is a technical wiz, often editing and working on post-production himself. He has directed videos for Slayer, Jon Hopkins, Nike, and Ratatat’s song ‘Drugs’, which was nominated for Best Special Effects at the 2010 MVAs. Most recently, he has shot for Skream, ‘Where You Should and Kap Bamino, ‘Obsess’.
Carl is also signed to BlinkArt, and his characteristically dark design work has been highly lauded, appearing in Creative Review and Blueprint magazines. You can visit his website here:
David Wilson is a director who has created a visual style wholly of his own.
Originally from an illustration background, David is passionate about music.
He first gained recognition for the video for Moray McLaren’s ‘We Got Time’ where he combined live in-camera animation with live action via his use of a Praxinscope and his beautiful hand drawn illustration.
In 2009 David picked up Best New Director at the UK Music Video Awards, and his hand-drawn mind-warp of a video for Japanese Popstars’s ‘Let Go’ was selected for In Book inclusion at the D&AD awards.
David's Metronomy video for 'The Bay' secured him nominations for the UK MVAs 2011 and was awarded 'in book' at the 2012 D&AD Awards.
David's Passion Pit video for 'Take A Walk' was his first collaboration with The Creator's Project and the good folk at Columbia records.
David also regularly VJs with his visuals at clubs, festivals and events across the globe and is this summer playing at Latitude and in Moscow as a ambassador for the British Arts Council.
David is represented by BlinkInk for his commercials and BlinkArt for his illustration. You can visit his website, which he regularly updates with new pieces of self-initiated projects here:
Dougal Wilson is a director famed for his iconic music videos and commercials. His unique style has influenced filmmakers and artists around the world.
A physics graduate from Durham University, Dougal began his career as a copywriter before becoming a director at Blink. Since then, he is responsible for directing an impressively diverse body of work. He has directed commercials for several global brands, winning D&AD Pencils in 2006 for his Orange 'Dance' spot, and again in 2008 for his Big Yellow Storage video.
Dougal’s music videos have been equally celebrated for their playful, charming flair. He has won Best Music Video Director at the British CADS twice, as well as claiming The Best Video of the Year twice at The Rushes Soho Shorts Festival. His video for Bat For Lashes ‘What’s A Girl To Do’, won the Best Video of 2007 at the Antville Music Video Awards and was nominated for MTV Best Video award. Dougal has also collaborated with Coldplay, Goldfrapp, The Streets, Will Young, Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal, Benassi and Jarvis Cocker, to name but a few.
Dougal’s work includes COI’s ‘Fire Safety’ for Rainey Kelly, Orange’s ‘RockCorps’ campaign for Fallon, and Coca-Cola’s 'Yeah Yeah Year La La La' through Mother. Most recently, Dougal created adverts for Hovis and Renault, as well as directing the brilliantly charming video for Temper Trap’s single, ‘Love Lost’ and winning his first music video D&AD for it in 2011.
Dougal has maintains of passion for creating music videos as do his fans for viewing his work. His music videos are screened annually at festivals worldwide and continue to inspired new generations of directors across the globe.
Elliot Dear is a young and extravagantly talented director, illustrator and animator. The son of a carpenter and an animal nurse, Elliot's upbringing has led to a very unique approach to filmmaking: hands-on and human, while entirely unique and contemporary.
Elliot graduated from the UWE with a first in illustration, and his skills in that department mean that every piece he creates has his fingerprints on it from the outset.
His first forays into the world of commercial filmmaking culminated in the charming and innovative Music Matters series where he told the stories of the rise to fame of Jay Z, Kate Bush and John Martyn mastering a dazzling array of styles and techniques.
Elliot's approach to film making never rests at the easy option. His smash hit ‘Bubble’ by Jon Hopkins and King Creosote, saw Elliot himself building miniature sets and shooting, alone, for 5 days in a basement. The result is a mixed-media masterpiece.
Elliot has gone on to shoot a sci-fi tinted live action music video for Francois & the Atlas Mountains and a video for 'Third Swan' by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, his unique take on a magical mini disaster movie.
Ellis Bahl joins Colonel Blimp, bringing a sharp idea-driven edge to the roster.
Ellis has quickly established himself as rising star in the world of music videos with one of this year's most memorable promos to his name. His video for Alt-J's 'Breezeblocks', a skilfully executed thriller in reverse, is amongst the most successful videos to have ever been commissioned through Radar Music Videos and exploded online after premiering on Dazed Digital, reaching an audience of over 4 million viewers to date. 'Breezeblocks' has been celebrated widely by the likes of Huffington Post, NME and Vimeo's Staff Picks, and it was awarded the coveted UKMVA for Best Alternative Video in 2012.
Ellis followed up 'Breezeblocks' with an artfully constructed, concept-driven video for Walk Off The Earth's 'Red Hands', putting an ingenious, time-bending twist on the performance video with a single four minute shot.
With his keen skill for executing ambitious ideas with a cinematic touch and the industry eagerly anticipating his next move, Ellis promises to be a strong presence in 2013.
A bright young director and animator with captivating videos to his name, Ian has an eye for playful concepts, ambitious visuals and the patience to match. He's the rare kind of director that is equally at home with capturing charming and comic performances in polished live action as he is creating beautiful and painstakingly handmade animation.
From the start of his burgeoning career, the universally appealing nature of his work has earned Ian a keen following online and impressive recognition from the industry. His first music video 'Lyrical Spread' won a BAFTA New Talent Award in 2011 and his music video commission for dubstep duo Delta Heavy racked up over two million views in one week (with over five million to date), won Ian a Young Director Award in Cannes and was nominated for two UK MVAs.
Ian's infectiously entertaining video for Duke Dumont's #1 single 'Need U (100%)' brought Ian's talent for live-action direction to the public's attention, with over 4.5 million YouTube plays to date.
When he's not making music videos, Ian writes and directs narrative short films, which have screened widely on the festival circuit and picked up several awards.
Jack is a bright young director with a talent for creating multi-layered worlds that are both beautiful and unsettling. He specialises in complex and imaginative work that weaves childhood imagination into adult themes, and he has been praised for his ability to tell absorbing stories through cinematic music videos.
We were especially excited about his recent project "My Crooked Saint", a beautiful and ambitious short film composed of four stand-alone music videos. The film was commissioned by Virgin Records for the release of To Kill A King's EP, with a video accompanying each track.
Joseph Mann is a charming filmmaker with a remarkable range of talents.
Joseph graduated from the Glasgow School Of Art in 2009, where he developed his meticulous skills as a model-maker and animator. His talent soon caught the eye of BlinkInk directors David Wilson and Simon Willows, and he has since worked with them on a number of projects, including directing mind-bending sequences for Skream’s ‘Listenin’ to the Records on My Wall’, intricate animation for the feature film ‘Africa United’ and animating psychedelic leg art for the ‘Freedom’ promo for Nokia.
His first solo project for Blinkink was a charming animated short film 'This is T.I.E.' for The International Exchange.
Following the success of T.I.E, he was asked by Keaton Henson to create a video for the single 'Small Hands', which was Joseph's first foray into directing music videos. Working with Blinkink puppeteering duo Jonny & Will, he crafted a forest world and its inhabitants entirely by hand to tell a beautiful and heartbreaking story of love, loss and loneliness. 'Small Hands' was named Best Music Video at the 2012 Rushed Soho Shorts Festival.
Joseph’s mature yet simple designs require a perfectionist approach, and he consequently spends a lot of time making sure everything is just right. Appropriately enough, Joseph also extends the same perfectionism to his snappy sartorial style.
Kristofer Strom is an amazing character designer and director with a hyperactive imagination.
His homemade video for minimalist Swedish techno duo Minilogue has clocked up over 5 million views on YouTube alone, garnered a smorgasbord of creative press coverage worldwide and won the “Best Budget Video” award at the UK Music Video Awards. Kristofer was even named ‘Face of YouTube’ in Sweden.
Since joining BlinkInk, Kristofer has firmly established himself as a prolific creative force in the world of commercials, his work constantly imbued with his unique sense of humour. Commercial success soon followed his first video with a busy two years doing a 360 degree re-branding of the UK’s largest mobile phone retailer, the Carphone Warehouse across TV, print, digital, and in-store. Kristofer has also produced commercials internationally for brands including Sony Ericsson, Zonnatura, and Telco.
Music videos continue to provide a fertile environment for Kristofer’s imagination to wander, as seen in his second Minilogue collaboration “Animals”, the insane “Baltimore Clap” video for dubstep pioneer Benga and his immensely popular video for 16-Bit "Dinosaurs". His equally trippy video for Delta Heavy's "Hold Me" was shortlisted for the 2012 Rushes Soho Shorts Festival.
Kristofer has also created a singalong video for the amazing American kids TV phenomenon “Yo Gabba Gabba”. Alongside all this doodling and directing Kristofer has continued to perform and release music through his solo project Ljubilden & Piloten, produce a multitude of limited editions prints and posters and even sustain a long-running popular blog of his daily commute’s iphone drawings:
The Layzell Bros. are responsible for an outlandish series of idents on E4, which explored the topic of Christmas with mildly disturbing, chaotic and darkly humorous results. They have continued to produce work for E4, including the title sequences and animated idents for the shows ‘Skins' and ‘Slacker's Club'.
Brothers Matt and Paul have also made a splash in the world of music videos and have developed a continuing collaboration with the band Mazes, including the much celebrated music video for ‘Most Days’, which tells the story of a group of skater kids getting rowdy in a bubblegum cartoon world.
They have also collaborated with Adam Buxton for his series on Sky Atlantic HD, directing a psychedelic animated music video to accompany his cover of Tiny Tim's 'Livin In The Sunlight, Lovin In The Moonlight'. They are currently developing a show for Cartoon Network and working on a film for Fox's new late night animation slot, Friends Night.
The Layzell Bros. love to work across a wide range of platforms, incorporating illustration, animation, sculpture, t-shirt printing, publishing and live visuals. Their work is fresh, colourful and vital, making them a perfect fit for the multidisciplinary world of BlinkInk and BlinkArt.
Paul Minor is a director known for crafting soulful, atmospheric work with cultural and emotional resonance.
His relationship with music was evident in his youth in Texas, where he dabbled in several rock bands before immersing himself in filmmaking and moving to Los Angeles. Paul was nominated for Best New Director at the UK CAD Awards (now MVAs), and has since created indelible videos for a wide spectrum of artists including Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Editors and Glasvegas.
Paul's roots in music run deeply throughout his work, and along with a distinctive visual style that captures the emotion in music and transforms it into arresting imagery, he has developed a strong ability to go beyond the realms of conventional music videos and advertising and turn each film into a reverberating story. In his commercial work, Paul has identified himself as a unique force in bringing together musicians and brands in innovative ways, creating truly authentic and memorable films for brands including O2, Uniqlo, Harley Davidson, Mozilla Firefox and Nike.
A collaboration between O2 and Coldplay promoting priority music access for the O2's customers saw Paul creating a powerful snapshot of the band as they've never been seen before. Always striving to explore new territory, Paul also remixed Coldplay's music for the soundtrack. Paul also crafted a film for Nike through AKQA London, which follows singer Ellie Goulding on a journey that juxtaposes her hectic lifestyle with the “runner’s high” of training and is currently working on another project with Nike that will be released later this year.
Paul has carved himself a bright future in films focusing on influential collaborations between artists and brands, fusing his wealth of experience in the music video and marketing worlds with a strong grasp on the artists' creative process and a deep understanding of the cultural impact of music.
Paul's visual diary is here:
Peter is an award-winning actor, writer, producer and director, who has recently made an enormously successful leap into the world of music videos.
Peter co-created the seminal shows ‘Look Around You’ and ‘The Peter Serafinowicz Show’, which both won the Golden Rose at Montreux, while the latter was also nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the 2009 BAFTAs. As an actor, he has starred in ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Couples Retreat’ and ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. Peter has a huge online presence, garnering over half a million Twitter followers and video counts in the tens of millions.
His first foray into music videos came when Hot Chip asked him on Twitter if he’d like to direct their next music video. The result was the highly original and hilarious ‘I Feel Better’, which won Best Dance Video at the 2010 MIA’s. Since then, he has created a video for Alex Metric and Steve Angello’s ‘Open Your Eyes’: a bonkers, charming action spoof, with more than a hint of ‘Rocky’, it stars Peter himself as a Stallone-like boxer stepping in the ring to fight a ruthless, Robocop - KO-9000 style robot.
Colonel Blimp is proud to be behind this exciting development in Peter’s career. For more information, you can visit his website here:
Ronan Pollock was born and raised in West London. After completing a degree in philosophy and studying photography his passion for finding characters and telling stories naturally led him to documentary filmmaking.
His first film was a gritty documentary about inner city youths and their troubled relationship with the police. The film, explored through the narrative of a football tournament, put him on the radar of the Arts Council who helped him fund and screen the project.
From there he has gone on to direct his latest documentary which was commissioned by EMI and shot on tour with the Kooks. The film was broadcast on Channel 4 and developed into an official music video for the band.
His ability to connect with a wide range of people allows him to capture intimate, moving and poetic portrayals of his subjects. As well as shooting his films Ronan also edits his work.
Sarah is an English director now largely based in Los Angeles, who is enjoying stunning success on both sides of the pond with her unique pop style.
Sarah began directing at Colonel Blimp in 2005 and since then she has developed a reputation for her stylish, innovative work with top artists such as Kelly Rowland, Lykke Li, Lily Allen and Annie. She has been nominated for numerous awards, and in 2007 took two of the top prizes at the UK MVAs for Best New Director and Best Pop Video for Lily Allen’s ‘Alfie’.
Sarah has also acquired an exceptional reputation for her fashion films: she directed two films for Yves Saint Laurent which were shown at consecutive Paris Fashion Weeks to wide acclaim. Since then she has created a number of films for London Fashion Week Shows, working with top designers such as House of Holland, Louise Gray and Cottweiler.
Sarah is signed to Rockhard in Los Angeles, and also to White Lodge here in London for fashion film work.
Directing collective Surrender Monkeys may be named after the less-than-flattering phrase used to describe our French neighbours (coined by a writer on The Simpsons and popularised by journalists in the late 1990s), but there's nothing cowardly about them. Their tongue-in-cheek name is a perfect fit for their bold creative style – witty, provocative and utterly distinctive.
Surrender Monkeys are gifted with a flair for clever concepts and are fluent in the language of storytelling, all tied together with a cheeky sense of humour. Their directional promos blend a sharp and versatile style with a thorough understanding of the creative process.
Their showreel includes well-loved videos for The Kooks' 'Saboteur', which sees an infectious smile spreading through a nightclub with hilarious consequences, and Pet Shop Boys' 'Winner', a beautifully moving story of the initiation of transgender London Rollergirl Dirty Diana into the roller derby.
Trish is a director known for her playful, innovative music videos and commercials and for her creative, unexpected use of choreography. Her signature style lies in expressing ideas through movement and space, combining ordinary people and environments with ingenious concepts.
Trish's path to directing began when she discovered a passion for music and dance as a child. She developed her talents whilst training in dance at the Washington Ballet and the Interlochen Arts Academy, leading to a degree in music theory and composition at University of Pennsylvania.
After reaching the heights of international championship ballroom dancing, Trish transitioned into a hugely successful and varied career as a choreographer. She has worked with an eclectic roster of acclaimed performers, spanning musical theatre groups, professional dancers and artists.
Trish's directing career was launched when she choreographed and co-directed two unforgettable videos for OK Go. Her videos have been instrumental to OK Go's success and their collaboration has pioneered the viral music video concept, leading to the band becoming as celebrated for their videos as their music.
One of Trish's first videos with OK Go was "Here It Goes Again", an ambitious one-take video featuring an elaborate treadmill dance routine. The clip swept the internet, with over a million YouTube hits in its first week and over 60 million since then. The video won a Grammy for best music video in 2007 and was named one of "The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos" by Time Magazine.
Collaboration is at the heart of Trish's work, together with a unique understanding of a performer's creative process. In 2011 she brought the Pilobolus Dance Company and Google together for OK Go's single "All is Not Lost", incorporating inventive choreography and HTML-5 browser technology to tell a colourful, interactive story across 12 simultaneous videos.
Nicky Smith, aka Weirdcore, is a rare breed of director with a truly unique visual style. Through years of developing his own analogue and digital effect processes, he has become known as a true innovator, never failing to come up with something completely new for each project. He specialises in visualising music through abstract graphics and live audiovisual experiments, carrying the same vivid and spontaneous style over to his music video work.
Often found creating live tour visuals for artists, Weirdcore's high energy, psychedelic graphics have accompanied live shows by Simian Mobile Disco, M.I.A and Daniel Lopatin (OPN), with whom he has developed a close collaborative relationship with, and he has directed riotous music videos for the likes of Retro/Grade, Chuck D and the Horrors.
He has spent several years touring the world with famed musical misfit Aphex Twin, with whom he has built a close and creatively rewarding relationship. Their unconventional shows together push the boundaries of live visuals by feeding video through Weirdcore's custom software to intentionally corrupt the images, emerging as a hectic, responsive visual element that has become a significant part of the Aphex Twin experience. A specially developed process was conceived to allow the artist's face to be superimposed onto the faces of members of the audience in a live feed, gaining much attention from fans and other creatives eager to see the effect in action.